move the goal

move the goal

To alter the rules or parameters of a situation in such a way as to suit one's needs or objectives, making it more difficult for someone else to succeed, keep pace, or achieve an opposing objective. (A US variant of the more common British phrase "move the goalposts.") Primarily heard in US. I hate arguing with that type of person. As soon as you start wearing down their logic, they just move the goal on the whole thing! We're never going to get the book design finished in time if the publisher keeps moving the goal every couple of months like this!
See also: goal, move
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Now because we didn't move the goal post, we really based the calculations on a same basic criteria as we had in 2008.
Not much point having an airmile scheme if you move the goal posts when it suits you.
Flame retardants represent an area of research that is constantly in demand as the need for ever safer materials and the changes in legislation and law move the goal posts in terms of chemicals that are allowed, and the effect that removing current chemicals has on the materials in use at the present time.
And then lads' mags have to come along and move the goal posts even further.
The decision to move the goal posts of Ofsted inspection, treating Pupil Referal Units (PRUs) as if they were mainstream schools is tantamount to declaring Special Educational Needs to be an imaginary condition.
Mr Woodley said: "I am disgusted that a business such as Burton's Foods is threatening to move the goal posts on a deal agreed by myself and its loyal and efficient workforce that guaranteed work until at least 2012.
And Cllr Corbett said: "It is unfair to move the goal posts when the game has started.
CLASH Gerrard collides with Pernia; TUG OF WAR An angryWenger helps move the goal at training
I am incredulous that the RFU can move the goal posts even during pre-season, let alone once the season has begun.
The EPA is trying to move the goal posts once again, proposing a new standard in the range of 65 to 75 ppb--65 ppb is arguably close to background.
Despite an independent assessment of their rise, the Home Secretary, under the thumb of Gordon Brown, chooses to move the goal posts, cry hard-up, and say the country cannot afford to pay the extra funding for police as it may push up inflation, while, at the same time, having a bottomless pit of taxpayers' money in place for the 2012 Olympics.
Industry-wide this is virtually unheard of hence the suggestion that must be sitting on plenty of unclaimed bets, but I suppose if a bookmaker can move the goal posts with prices based on previous results as in the case of Manny Cook - see separate below - then anything goes.
He said, 'I have put a considerable amount of time and effort into applying for the post, and I think it is highly unprofessional for the Assembly at this very late stage to move the goal posts.
These opponents move the goal posts at every turn, providing an abundance of criticism and alarm but no solutions.
To use our football metaphor, it's a good idea to move the goal posts and, in our case, try to narrow the posts.